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F1's whistle stop tour of countries with small F1 fan bases and dodgy human rights comes to Azerbaijan in the last week of April for a race round the 'historic' city streets of Baku. You can tell it's 'historic' because there is a castle and everything. It's fair to say that when this Grand Prix was first put on the calendar it was universally hated. Firstly it was yet another street circuit, secondly it called itself the European Grand Prix when Azerbijan is not in Europe, and thirdly it was set up to clash with the 24 hour race at Le Mans. Frankly it was the worst PR campaign since someone said "hey Mr Millerband let's get a picture of you eating that bacon sandwich" - however a few years in and something has changed. It turns out that the circuit lay out generates interesting races and now, for the first time, the majority of the F1 fan base are looking forward to coming back here.
So why does the layout create good racing? Well basically it's two circuits in one with a tight...
This weekend see's all 3 major single seater series running races. F1 is running it's 1000th race in China, Indy car is at Long Beach and the streets of Rome will be alive with the sound of electric cars with the second running of the Rome E-Prix. Last year's race was a bit of a thriller with lots of wheel banging and the eventual winner being Sam Bird. It's a victory he could really do with reordering after the DNF last time out.
Also running near the front last year were Mahindra, Teechetah and Renault. Renault are now of course Nissan who have the in form Oli Rowland leading the way for them this year. Rowland has looked good without actually getting great resultas of yet but seems to be getting the best of Sebastian Buemi and second last time out is a good starting point. Jean-Eric Vergne won last time out and that has catapulted him into championship contention again but the real ones to watch are Audi who always seem to come good as we get into the European season. Having...
It has fallen to me to put together the PQR thread for the 1000th GP.
How to celebrate this historical moment? A reflective thread? An historical thread? A look back in to Chinese history with a tenuous link to F1 in some shape or other? Nah, lets do some F1 by numbers:
1 – Number of constructor’s championship titles won by Vanwall, the first team to win the trophy when it was introduced in 1958.
2 – Number of Formula One races entered by Bernie Ecclestone. He failed to qualify for either
3 – Lowest number of race wins in a career by a driver to have won the world championship (Phil Hill and Mike Hawthorn)
5 – Number of female drivers to have entered at least 1 GP
7 – Number of teams to have won a single F1 world championship race in their racing history.
8 – Lowest total number of wins by a team to have won the world constructors title since its introduction in 1958 (Brawn GP)
9 – Most wins by a team never to have won the world constructors title since its introduction in...
In my time in F1 I've never witnessed a driver have so many spins in similar circumstances in such a short space of time. Now 99.9% of us understand that, whether we like him or not, Sebastian Vettel is a top class driver so why on earth does this keep happening to him?
Many things have been suggested with the latest being an 'aero hole' that effects the Ferrari more then others when there are other cars alongside. This would explain why Vettel has gone round in a spin in some very odd ways. For instance the one in Brazil he appeared to go round a different way to what you would expect.
I would have gone along with that one if it hadn't been happening so frequently and only to Sebastian. Could it be that Vettel is either making errors in anger or, worse, 'cracking' under pressure? He managed to wreck his tyres do badly in Bahrain yesterday that it ripped his...
On the surface a triangle is a simple 3-sided shape. At some point in our education we learn that all of a triangles interior angles add up to 180’. Then the mathematics gets a little more complicated as various theories and concepts are added in to the mix. Most of us give up at that point as the reason or purpose for all this understanding is lost on us.
Some of us carry on in education and take up careers in engineering where, among many of its individual disciplines, the triangle takes on a new importance. From mechanical to structural and even electronic engineering, the maths and science surrounding this simple three shaped side, is used to develop everything from buildings to cars and complex electronic circuits.
In vehicle engineering the triangle plays an important role in the early formula one cars as the prime shape of its space frame. The frame is made up of sections of tubular structures formed from triangles. These tetrahedral truss’s form some of the strongest...
after a picture I found that showed the lack of progression from the Williams over the last few years. & cider_and_toast curiosity. I thought I would have the how grid has progressed over the last few years since 2016 using austraila qualifying as the constant. couple of interesting bits how Haas have made the biggest improvement finding 6.5 secs but sauber are 2nd best finding 5.1secs. unsurprisingly Williams have made the smallest only finding 1.1 secs started nearly tenth & half ahead but are now 3.04 secs behind. also how did I forget that toro rosso were the 3rd fastest team in 2016
(in championship order of last season)
So just 13 days after the race in Hong Kong Formula E arrives at the costal Chinese city of Sanya for round 6. Formula E makes quite a big deal of being born in China and has always had Chinese teams and tech, so no surprise it's opted for two races in a country of such massive size. What the attendance at these events are I don't know but I guess being in the centre of a populated area helps. After 5 rounds it really couldn't be any closer at the top with 2 points separating the top 4, 7pts between top 5 and, by my calculations, 12 drivers being able to lead the championship mathematical by the end of the race.
Sam Bird tops the championship despite losing the win in Hong Kong to a penalty. I think Sam knew he was going to get the penalty when he won so I don't think mentally it will effect him too much. However it will be interesting to see how the penalty effects the racing. Nudges like Bird on Lotterer have been pretty reg through the last 4 years so I wonder if drivers will...
Round 5 of Formula E will take place around Hong Kong Central Harbourfront this weekend and it certainly has a lot to live up too if the previous rounds this season are anything to go by. It certainly seems impossible that the race will be any closer than the finish of the previous race in Mexico where Lucas Di Grassi won by around 3ft. Formula E's race format at the moment seems spot on though so I expect another good race.
By the time you reach round 5 of a series you would expect to know who the title contenders are but this year I genuinely have no idea who they are going to be. The championship leader is Jerome D'ambrosio but he's not even talked about as a number 1 in his own team that'll own a title challenger. His results so far though are not too be sniffed at. In fact in the chaos of the last round it was missed that he came from the back of the grid to 4th whilst his much fancied team mate ran out of energy. 2nd in the championship is Felix Da Costa but he's actually...
There's still another test session before the F1 season kicks off in Melbourne on 17th March but lets get the hype going as we enter the 69th season of the Formula One World Championship. It will be the usual early start for UK viewers if you able to watch live with Sky starting their broadcast (or narrow cast if the declining number of viewers is true) at ten past five in the morning. Yes, there is a five o'clock in the morning now.
The 2019 season is long. We are starting earlier in March than normal and the last race is on 1st December at Yas Marina. In amongst all this the 1,000 GP will be held in China on April 14th. There had been suggestions of trying to run the race in the UK to bookend race 1 and race 1,000 at Silverstone but anyone who can recall the Easter GP of 2000 will realise what a very silly idea this would be. I went to a WEC race at Silverstone in April a few years ago and it snowed. Enough said.
So can we hope for a close, exciting and entertaining...
Good day all.
A new season of F1 is almost upon us and over the last 12 months we've had some new members join our happy group so I thought I'd extend a warm welcome to you all on behalf of the CTA team and explain a few quirks of our site.
Every season at around this time we ask for volunteers to pick races to post what we call the PQR Thread. This is short for Practice, Qualifying and Race Discussion. It forms the discussion hub for each race weekend. Those who wish to author each thread can write about anything they like in the opening post to stimulate the initial discussion. It could be about your favourite driver or team from that country, your favourite race there or the country itself. You could go off on a massive tangent if you wish. The choice is yours. All we ask here at CTA towers is that the same title format is used for each PQR Thread.
The PQR Threads should be posted 2 or 3 days after the previous GP weekend. If you select a race weekend and later find you are...
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